When the feds reported that 70 percent of people emailed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in support of a new federal long gun registry for over 6500 southern gun dealers, the gunblogosphere issues a collective WTF. In the aftermath of that cyber-battle debacle, onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com rooted around a bit for an explanation. And found one. “Examining the comments that have been made available on the ATF’s Freedom of Information Act page, it quickly becomes evident that most of the pro-reporting comments were form letters sent by a bulk mailer program. The comments are identical and just strip in the sender’s name and address.” And the group responsible for winning the cyber war is . . .
Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). Of course, all’s fair in e-politics, right? Our industrious fellow firearms blogger seems to think so. Ish.
I won’t say I didn’t find pre-written comments opposing the measure – I did – but they were not nearly as common as those from the Illegal Mayors. I would hope that the ATF does not just look at the number of comments in favor of the reporting requirement but rather at the actual comments. While I don’t have any expectation of this, at least Congress might.
It’s not like Congress or the ATF or the OMB or anyone in power has to pay the slightest bit of attention to the public comments anyway. But the more important question re: this long gun commenting misegos: how many comments are from the same IP address? And why isn’t the NRA doing this?